Estonia considerably increases expenditures to counter propaganda
Since 2018, Estonia's expenditures aimed at combating misinformation and propaganda will be increased by 13.3 times - from 60,000 to 800,000 euros, Deutsche Welle reports.
According to the Postimees, the budget for ensuring strategic communication will be at this level for at least four years.
Overall, by 2021 Tallinn will spend 3.26 million euros for this purpose. The team of specialists in strategic communications will be increased from two to eight.
According to Martin Yashko, who is responsible for strategic communication for the Estonian government, indicated that so far the activity aimed at combating propaganda has been largely based on responding to messages that are harmful to the state. Going forward it will be aimed at preventing disinformation.
In 2018, Estonia, for the first time in its history, will spend more than € 500 million on defense.